WHAT do you get a king for his birthday?
Back in 2019, King Charles’ wife Camilla, had the perfect idea – whisking him off to a luxurious £700-a-night wellness retreat in Bangalore, India.
The Queen Consort, 75, booked a room at Bangalore’s stunning SOUKYA for the then Prince of Wales’ 71st birthday after he celebrated the milestone with schoolchildren in Mumbai, India.
The incredible health center has lavish facilities that include a decadent swimming pool, game rooms and luxury bedroom suites fit for royalty.
A source close to the royal couple told HELLO! at the time: “The duchess has been determined to force the prince to have some down time on his birthday and insisted he join her at her retreat.
It’s been reported that the center is a long-time favorite of Camilla’s and she has been there on five other occasions prior to their stay.
Other high-profile figures who have visited include actress Emma Thompson and the late South African icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
SOUKYA offers visitors treatments for over 100 health conditions and touts itself as the one of the best holistic health treatment centers in the world.
On their website, there are several pictures of Charles, now 74, and Camilla beaming at the centre.
Sitting on a 30-acre organic farm, SOUKYA is a “residential medical institute” and offers wellness programs and medical care solutions to a number of illnesses.
It utilizes Ayurveda, which it says is an ancient traditional medical system and is the oldest of its kind in the world, dating back over 5,000 years.
There are a number of suites for visitors, which range from deluxe to a super deluxe special.
It offers the option to choose between one to three bedrooms, which are furnished with handmade four-poster king-size beds.
Clients even have beautiful views of their very own well-manicured private garden.
While at the centre, guests can partake in a number of activities including bird watching, tours of medicinal gardens and cooking demonstrations.
Guests also have access to musical programs, tours of the garden, sessions with doctors at the facility, and a method of meditation known as Trataka.
There’s a stunning badminton court in the grounds and plush seating areas to enjoy the Bangalore sunshine.
In addition, visitors can use a games room which features a massive pool table and comfy chairs for spectators.
The centre’s website says guests are served with ‘sattvic food’ such as sprouted whole grains, fresh fruit, pure fruit juices and nuts.
They are said to increase energy, happiness and mental clarity, with the term tracing back to ancient Indian philosophy.
Stays in the facility normally span between one to four weeks, but Charles and Camilla are said to have only stayed a few days.
A source shared some more details of Charles and Camilla’s stay with the Deccan Herald.
They said: “The royal couple would partake in organic vegetarian food during their stay here and the food is mostly grown on campus.
“Both of them are here for rejuvenation and are not taking any (specific) form of treatment.
“Their therapy will primarily be Ayurvedic and Naturopathy. They’ll also practice yoga during their stay.”
In 2018, SOUKYA shared a picture of Camilla’s first visit to the facility where she planted an Indian Medlar – an evergreen tree.
The King’s stay at the center is not the only memorable birthday he’s had – in 2008 for his 60th, Camilla planned a party with a number of celebs in attendance, including Rod Stewart, who took to the stage.
In 2018, there was a variety show put on for him for his 70th birthday and a garden party with guests including his son Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle.